2013 was another incredible season at Colorado National Speedway. Mother nature was a little bit more generous this past season which really made for a fun season of racing. As usual there were plenty of new faces in the pits and some of these young drivers really made an impact on the track. Yet it was the crafty veterans who shined the brightest sending the message to these youngsters “not so fast, there is still a lot of fuel in our tank”.
This was no more evident than in the Gillet Vet Clinic Super Late Model division where Bruce Yackey went on to win his 8th season championship in dominating fashion. 2013 didn’t start off as if it would be another season of “the Moose” as young gun Jesse Runkle won the first feature event. Other young drivers such as Darren Bucklan, Darren Robertson, Dominic Ursetta, and Chris Eggleston also won feature events, but in the end it was the two veterans Bruce Yackey and Rick Smith that finished in the top two spots in the final standings. The Super Late Model division had a VERY strong 2013 season campaign with large car counts and from top to bottom very likely the most competitive group of Super Late Models in the country.
#12 Bruce “the Moose” Yakey and #31 Rick Smith atop the season standings (Starr photo)
In 2013 the Pair A Dice Interior Finishes Sportsman division took on a name change to make the division more accurately reflect similar divisions across the nation. The Sportsman division is now known as the “Late Models” while the existing Late Models are now referred to as “Super Late Models”. While the name changed, the competitiveness of the division was as close as ever. Lee Kemmit and Jeff Walbaum were upfront as expected but is was Nebraska’s Paul Deines that took home the season championship just barely beating Kemmit for the honor. Former figure 8 champion Joe Martinez captured the Rookie of the Year honor finishing an impressive 7th in the final standings.
#17 Paul Deines, #98 Lee Kemmit and #8 Jeff Walbaum finished 1, 2, and 3 on the year. (Starr photo)
The Snap-On Tools Pro Trucks once again thrilled the CNS crowd and out of the 9 feature events in 2013 there were 6 different feature winners which is a testament to the close and competitive nature of the Pro Truck division. In the end it was #41 Mark Neff who held off #34 Rudy Vanderwal by a single point to take the 2013 championship. Fan favorite #27 Roger “the Ice-Man” Avants was 3rd in points followed by “the Pebble” Matt Burton in the #36 truck and “Aquaman” Troy Whitthar in the #5 truck. Alan Warren in the beautiful #2 Pro Truck was the 2013 rookie of the year.
#41 Mark Neff and #34 Rudy Vanderwal finished 1 and 2 in the season standings (Starr photo)
The SUNOCO Fuels Grand American Modifieds crowned a new champion #21 Jeff Hunter who dominated the division winning more than half of the feature events. #8 Dan Alamaa, #77 Jeff Hansen, and rookie of the year #0 Ron O’Neil had strong 2013 season efforts but the yellow #21 of Hunter was the class of the field and won the championship by an amazing 66 points.
#21 Jeff Hunter dominated the 2013 GAM Season (Starr photo)
As always the NTC Logistics Super Stocks was a division filled with excitement, drama, and competitive racing. In fact the top 10 in points by the end of the year were only separated by a mere 114 points! While #33 Bear Lynch brought home the championship #13 Jason Morris, #90 Kyle Pattee, #3 Michael Cox, and #6x Josh Parker were all in contention for the top honor up until the final checkered flag. In 6th place in points was impressive rookie of the year #10T Taylor Bellomy who was consistently finishing up front.
#33 Bear Lynch is your 2013 season champ. (Starr photo)
In 2013 Colorado National Speedway introduced a brand new division designed for beginning drivers that are on a budget. The Lincoln College of Technology Pure Stock division proved to be one of the most exciting divisions on the track. The eager drivers in this division thrilled the fans with close finishes in almost every appearance at the speedway. Early in the season the battles between #06 Jeff Dempwolf and #13 Jamie Ward will gone down in history as some of the most thrilling finishes in recent memory. Dempwolf eventually beat out Ward for the first ever Pure Stock Championship by just 13 points.
#06 Jeff Dempwolf and #13 Jamie Ward battled for the first ever Pure Stock Championship.
One of the most popular divisions at Colorado National Speedway is the Art’s Septic Figure 8s. Close racing, spills, thrills, and plenty of drama are the only way to describe this wild division that has a long history in Colorado. #50 Justin McKeachie added his name to that rich history by winning his first ever season championship.
#50 Justin McKeachie on-route to his 2013 season championship. (Starr photo)
In other divisions at CNS the Race Central Media Legend cars proved once again they are one of the strongest and most entertaining groups of race cars you will see at CNS. With massive fields of cars and super tight racing the Legends series is one that you do not want miss when they are on the schedule. #22 Chris Eggleston was able to hold off reigning champ #66 Kyle Clegg for the top spot yet it was no easy task as the top 10 in this division are all capable of winning each and every night. #95 Cris Muhler dominated the CARC Mod Coupes wining all but one feature event. #2 Richie Castor Jr. and teammate #3 Harold Evans finished one and two in the ERA Supermodified division. Last but certainly not least the Whitthar Racing Trains once again thrilled the crowd with their antics in the “X”. The #86 Last Call train won all 5 feature events and took home the season championship.
#22 Chris Eggleston battles #66 Kyle Clegg for the 2013 crown. (Starr Photo)
The CNS Staff would like to give a heartfelt thanks to all the diehard race fans that make Colorado national Speedway one of the finest short tracks in the world.
The 2014 Racing season is just around the corner and if next season is half as exciting as 2013 was it will be one to remember!